“Why is that book on sale?” An insider’s look at some great reads.

Nightbooks, by J. A. White

The Thickety first came out in 2014, followed (like clockwork) by The Whispering Trees in 2015, Well of Witches in 2016, and The Last Spell in 2017 (which was, in fact, the last spell, as it concluded the series.)  So why is it on sale now, in 2018?

$1.99 Kindle Sale ($6.24)

Because Nightbooks came out four days ago, on July 24. A book that has nothing to do with the Thickety series. What?

Okay, it might not be part of the series, but it is by the same author. The publishing team wants you to know about Nightbooks. They want you to be excited about Nightbooks. It just came out. They’re proud of it. (And rightfully so! Look at that cover! Read the blurb! We want it! We want it right now!!!)


As we were saying, they’re proud of it. It’s new!!! But in our 21st-century world of instant gratification, 8-hour news cycles, and “micro-moment marketing” (don’t get us started), a book published four years ago is ancient history, buried so deep under a blogger’s TBR* pile that it might as well wait for an archaeological excavation to return to the light of day.

Obviously, that’s not how we roll. We recommend any book we like–most of them published recently, some of them published before we were born. Still, those kinds of recommendations are rare, and publishers have a hard time rekindling awareness of older titles.

That’s where sales come in. Even fantastic books go on sale (*cough* like-our-book-The-Wendy-that’s-still-free-for-one-more-day *cough*), when publishers want to cycle attention back around to a series, or when they want to draw attention to an author who has a different book out that’s brand new.

Which is exactly how we found both The Thickety (the book on sale) and Nightbooks (the new one), which looks fantastic and just came out last week. And here we are, talking about them both. Huh. Guess that sale worked pretty well.

Have you discovered any great books or authors recently because of a sale? Leave them in the comments! We’d love to hear about them!

[*TBR = to be read. A TBR pile is a pile of books eagerly waiting to be read… so eagerly, in fact, that it’s likely to tip over and fall on you if you leave it alone for too long.]

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From the Publisher re Nightbooks:

A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling.

Alex’s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don’t have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he’s desperate for a different ending—and a way out of this twisted place.

This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer’s block, this is the ideal book for budding writers and all readers of delightfully just-dark-enough tales.

Browse Nightbooks on Amazon

From the Publisher re The Thickety:

The Thickety: A Path Begins is a spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this thrilling new world.

When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr’s Realm. But mostly it’s called the Thickety.

The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.

And that is just the beginning of the story.

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